WEEKLY EDITORIAL RECAP

WEDNESDAY

 

JUST A LITTLE ‘FEE’

Today the … Las Vegas Nevada City Council will discuss squeezing at least $1 million more per year out of employers, primarily to cover the costs of generous pay raises already given to city workers. …

Don’t be fooled by the fact that you probably won’t hear the word "tax" used even once today. This revenue grab will be classified as "fee" increases. Among the punishments businesses should be prepared to absorb:

— A slight increase in the license tax rate and a big bump in the number of companies that would have to pay it. …

— A $100 minimum initial tax for licenses based on gross sales.

— A requirement that anyone who leases out commercial space get a business license with a variable tax based on the area of the leased building, ranging from $100 to $500.

— A $90 tax on licensing violations not corrected by the first reinspection, and a $120 tax for additional reinspections, plus a 10 percent administrative tax on those taxes.

— An increase in the tax on new business licenses and changes of ownership, corporate officers, business name or location. …

— A new temporary license tax, costing $250 or $500, and a $100 processing tax for privileged license applicants. …

Members of the City Council want to draw even more blood from a hemorrhaging economy? Are they completely insane, or have they simply endured one too many floggings from their masters in the city’s public employee unions? …

A "no" vote on this suicide pact isn’t good enough. The council needs to take this plan outside its chambers and burn it.

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